Showing posts with label SUPPORT THE FOUNDING OF AMIDA-JI RETREAT TEMPLE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SUPPORT THE FOUNDING OF AMIDA-JI RETREAT TEMPLE. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Working on the kitchen of Amidaji and new plans for this year (2019)

Amidaji kitchen now
below you will see
photos with all
the repairs

Last winter I started to repair and arrange a kitchen for Amidaji temple. First, I repaired the walls and roof, and this year I continued with the floor. A few weeks ago I bought a brand new stove on gas which was put into use when the first guests arrived in May. 
The repair of the walls, roof, and floor were very expansive (more than 500 euros) and I needed to pay two workers and two carpenters. Also, the stove on gas was 200 euro.

The next things related to the kitchen that I must do this year are the following:
         - to add a cooker hood to the stove on gas
       -  to buy a heater for the winter bathroom which I built last year
    -  due to the fact that the village where Amidaji is located is not connected to a gas network, I must use gas cylinders for the stove. This creates a problem (about which I did not know when I bought it) that only the stove eyes or burners can be used, and not the inside oven which works only for stoves connected to the gas network. This is why I now need to buy a separate electrical oven for meals that need to be cooked inside the oven.
       -  to buy and install a hydrophore to pump water from the well (a cemented hole must be built near the well to place the hydrophore)  and bring it to the kitchen and bathroom (water pipes are also needed) 
Amidaji kitchen now. Bellow, you can
see photos with all the repairs
        -  to buy and install an electric water boiler with which to warm the water for the kitchen and the bathroom 

The expenses related to the above will surely be more than 1000 euros as I would also need to pay specialized workers to do them.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Invitation to become a patron (constant supporter) of Amidaji by little monthly donations


Dear friends in the Dharma,

As you well know, all my Dharma activities, my books, and articles are available for FREE to all who wish to learn about the orthodox Jodo Shinshu Buddhist teaching. Also, at Amidaji temple there are NO taxes or fees for accommodation, religious services or teaching activities. 
Yes, I do have the printed editions of my books on sale on Amidaji website, but I also provide, (according to my religious vow), free online editions for those who can't afford or simply don't want to buy.  Also, printed editions are sometimes given as gifts at various occasions and to people who cannot read online or in pdf, and also cannot afford to buy. 
I am glad to say that, for example, at every two printed copies sold per month, I have at least 50 copies downloaded for free. This is good news and a sign that what I teach and write is useful to many.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A bathroom for the cold season is now available at Amidaji temple

this is how the bathroom
looks now
this is how the bathroom looks now
For many people to have a bathroom is no big deal, but here at Amidaji was something very much needed, especially for the cold season. Until now visitors who stayed in retreat for a few days in spring and summer could use the solar shower, but there was no facility for the cold season and winter. Now I finally could be able to build a small bathroom from the donations I gathered from my readers. The materials and workers I had to hire costed me around 707 euro. However, I still need to add a wooden door, a small window to this bathroom, and a radiator which will probably be done at the end of this week or the next.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Spring work at Amidaji and the plan for this year (2018)

planting tibetan goji on the eastern fence

As usually in spring, I started the work at Amidaji temple with planting activity. Thus, from the few donations received from readers and Dharma friends I planted 20 tibetan goji on the eastern fence of the temple land, and 26 sea berry on the Western fence.
I also added three Paulownia Tomentosa (Empress Tree/Kiri Tree). The Paulownia Tomentosa are fast growing trees which are also present in China and Japan. The total amount spent was around 150 euro (700 lei).

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